Michael’s writing can also be found at vLane.com, an extensive automotive community site.
You can keep your Audi R8 V10, and your Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. Post photos of a wrecked Ferrari F430 and I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t shed a tear, ditto for videos of a BMW M3 getting its undercarriage smoothed over. The only muscle car IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d buy from Barrett-Jackson is a Hemi Cuda Convertible Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ and afterward IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d place a brick on the accelerator pedal so it floors right into the closest immovable object.
I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hate horsepower, excess, or innovation: itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just that the bar for innovation is so low that todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hot cars are judged on numbers and marketing, not merit.
Aside: I bet very few Gallardo Superleggera owners know the term Ã¢â‚¬Å“SuperleggeraÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€ super light Ã¢â‚¬â€ was coined by Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring. The first car they penned? The Alfa Romeo 8C. The last? The Jensen Interceptor.
To find truly interesting production cars, you have to do a little digging Ã¢â‚¬â€ but nearly every manufacturer has a few.